MMDA urges use of alternate modes of transport

Posted at 02/18/2014 7:09 AM | Updated as of 02/18/2014 7:09 AM

MANILA – The Metro Manila Development Authority said on Monday that it is advocating the use of alternative modes of transportation as a way to decongest traffic.

“Ang mga minumungkahi natin ay alternative modes of transport… gumamit po tayo ng mga tren, bisiketa, maglakad tayo, at yung pinapanukala ni Chairman (Francis Tolentino) na gamitin natin ang mga waterways para mag-move ng people,” Atty Emerson Carlos, assistant general manager of the MMDA, said.

Carlos also said they are also urging people with own vehicles to make use of public transport.

“Isa sa mga ina-advocate din natin ay ang gumamit ng public transport ang may mga sasakyan para magkaroon ng konting paggalaw sa construction period na ito,” he said.

According to Carlos, one of the major projects of the MMDA is putting up more bicycle lanes apart from the existing ones at EDSA from Magallanes to Ayala, along Marcos Highway and at Commonwealth Avenue.

Carlos said that these 15 or 16 road projects are vital in decongesting traffic in the city.

“Sabi nga nila, no pain no gain. Talagang kailangan natin ang mga proyektong ito. Kung di natin gagawin… hindi luluwag ang trapiko. Hindi naman po siguro pwedeng status quo lang tayo,” he said.

Studies say that Metro Manila needs a road network of 8,000 kilometers, Carlos said. “But we only have 5,000. Itong mga projects na ito, although hindi aabot ng 3,000 kilometers agad-agad ay vital projects ang mga ito,” he added.

Although there would be a slowing down in the mobility of goods and transport, Carlos said this would change after the projects have been completed.

“Definitely, mag- slow down ang mobility, pagdaloy ng goods, at daloy ng pasahero… pero tingnan din natin ang kalalabasan after makumpleto ang mga projects na ito ,” he said.